Ill tourists prompts spraying in Nosara

A U.S. tourist who visited Nosara has come down with the zika virus, and the Ministerio de Salud has ordered extensive measures for the Pacific coast community.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted local health officials to the case and said that the tourist was diagnosed with zika Jan. 7.

Health officials said there was uncertainty if the tourist contracted the virus in Costa Rica. They said they are seeking more information.

Nosara is a major tourism destination, so the health ministry ordered spraying of the entire community that took place Sunday and Monday. Other steps are being taken to eliminate places where the mosquito vectors could breed.

The health ministry said that workers checked members of the Nosara population, and none was located with symptoms.

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